What is DigiLocker?

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  • The Indian Railways has announced that it will now accept soft copies of Aadhaarand driving licence available on DigiLocker as identity proofs for those travelling by train. “If a passenger shows Aadhaar or driving licence from the ‘issued documents’ section by logging into his DigiLocker account, the same should be considered as valid proof of identity,” the order said. It has, however, clarified that the documents uploaded by the passenger himself that is the documents in the ‘uploaded documents’ section will not be considered as a valid proof of identity.

What is DigiLocker?

  • Launched under Central government’s flagship ‘Digital India’ campaign, DigiLocker is a digital locker service that enables users to store their certain official documents on the cloud.
  • Available for the Indian citizens, the cloud-based platform allows 10MB of free space to store documents issued by government agencies and minimise the usage of physical documents. The users can easily upload and share the documents with any registered agency or department.

How can you sign-up for DigiLocker?

  • Users need to possess an Aadhaar card to use DigiLocker. For first time users, a one-time password will be sent on the Aadhaar-registered mobile number. The OTP along with a valid Aadhaar Card number should be used for the log-in. For later log-ins, the user can set their own password or link the account to Facebook or Google logins.

How can you upload documents in DigiLocker?

  • * Log-in into your DigiLocker account using the username and password that you had initially set.
    * Click the upload icon to start uploading a document. Locate the file on your system and start uploading
    * To assign a document type to your uploaded file, click ‘select doc type’. This will show a pop up with a drop-down selection of various document types. Choose the appropriate document type and click ‘save’.
    * Only files in pdf, jpeg and png format can be uploaded.

What are ‘issued documents’ and ‘uploaded documents’?

  • There are two types of official records that can be used in DigiLocker. Issued documents are the documents that are directly pulled into your DigiLocker account from registered government departments and agencies. A number of documents can be downloaded in the app from various authorities such as Aadhaar, PAN, driving license, vehicle registration number, LPG connection subscription vouchers, ICSE certificates, etc. to name a few.

Source:IE